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Back to Pen and Paper….How the New ActiveRain Homepage Has Made Me Work to Keep Up.

Real Estate Agent with Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)

Back to Pen and Paper….How the New ActiveRain Homepage Has Made Me Work to Keep Up.


I love ActiveRain.  But, now that I can’t figure out how to keep track of those I have commented on and reciprocate in kind, I am resorting to pen and paper.


Before I could just look to see who commented and then read the comment, respond and delete it.  Now that is gone.


Along with about 12 pages of comments.  Yes, I guess this is progress.  But, I don’t have to like it, do I?


If I want to be fair to all the folks who have taken a minute or two to read a post of mine, and then comment, I now find it onerous to do so.


This is for the tech people who aided us in the last installment of  “upgrades”. 


adjective oner·ous \ˈä-nə-rəs, ˈō-\

: difficult and unpleasant to do or deal with

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Suzanne McLaughlin

Sabinske & Associates, Inc.    

When you need to buy or sell in St. Michael or Albertville Minnesota, or anywhere in Wright County, Sherburne County or Anoka County or Hennepin County, give me a call! 

Comments (24)

Don Sabinske
Don Sabinske, Sabinske & Associates Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
Sabinske & Associates Inc.

They took everything away from me.  It is like I never commentedted or wrote a post..and no one ever commented or followed me.  My past here is completely gone.  This really sucks.  Thanks, ActiveRain.  Bring on the robo-bloggers, Zillow.  They don't care about community either. 

Mar 12, 2015 10:48 AM
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Suzanne, I have really seen some good come out of this issue, as it has raised a new awareness about people reciprocating comments.  I wonder if some of the inveterate talkers will become walkers???

Mar 12, 2015 10:50 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

A+ for effort, Suzanne!   I should follow your lead... the new ActiveRain has me wondering what is what.

Mar 12, 2015 10:52 AM
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Kerrie responded to my question on another post saying this fix was being addressed later in the month.

Mar 12, 2015 11:07 AM
Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers

Yes, aggravating indeed.  Hopefully they will fix this soon.  We also seem to take 2 steps forward and one back. But, this one may have been vice versa.

Mar 12, 2015 12:08 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

There has been a lot of over sold hype that CHANGE is GOOD!  However, I have learned over the years that not all change is evolutionary.  It is in fact mere raw energy, only as good as those with the power to shape, form and manifest it. The rest of us are mere mortals, who can only watch and see!

Mar 12, 2015 12:41 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

You probably have used a few choice expletives in there a well, as they certainly flow when trying to see what is going on

Mar 12, 2015 01:00 PM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Suzanne - If I were as conscientious as you about returning comments, I'd be upset too. But since I'm living in web page hell right now, I haven't had much time to think about it - I'm just hoping they fix it nefore I fix my website.

Mar 12, 2015 01:34 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have sent far too many wasted emails to tech people over the past few months, I am done with complaining and suggesting, clearly they have an agenda, and nothing that I have to say will influence them or their tunnel vision.

Mar 12, 2015 04:01 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Suzanne - Wow, that must be very frustrating. It also makes me wonder if I am missing people commenting on my posts, and me not reciprocating. Sounds very time consuming, and I don't really know what the answer is. Hopefully it will get remedied soon.

Mar 12, 2015 04:09 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hi Suzanne --- I have never deleted comments or anything else from my home page.   Comment reciprocation is difficult and I admire your diligence especially during these ever-changing times.

Mar 12, 2015 06:08 PM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Suzanne. It had been a bit of a pain for sure, but it seems like each and every time there is an upgrade, strange stuff happens.

Mar 12, 2015 07:25 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Suzanne, we all abhor change, especially bad change! Enjoy your day!

Mar 12, 2015 08:05 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Suzanne, I frustrated as well with some of the changes. Hopefully the least popular ones will be addressed sooner rather than later. Change sure is hard!

Mar 12, 2015 10:10 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Suzanne. I certainly felt as you did, but they made a change I think and now it is easier.

Mar 13, 2015 12:08 AM
Susan Nealey
Coldwell Banker Realty - Annapolis, MD
No Pressure! Ever!

Since many of you have been using ActiveRain for a long time, you have become accustomed to the way it works.  I, however, am a newbie and cannot even figure out what the changes ARE, let alone whether I like them or not.

Mar 13, 2015 01:23 AM
Kerrie La Guardia
ActiveRain, Community Manager - Kirkland, WA
Let it Rain!

We are bringing the option of deleting notifications back soon, it may be late March but please don't hold me to that.  This was definitely an oversight on our part, and I apologize for not having that option sooner.

Mar 13, 2015 02:06 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

AR has been a pain to deal with, however, I've always said that there is one person you can count on and that's Kerrie La Guardia.

Mar 14, 2015 07:46 AM
Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Suzanne, I could not agree more.  Having just come back from a 3 week sojourn, it has been extremely difficult to navigate and to track who has commented on my posts so that I can reciprocate.  Kerrie La Guardia I hope you are listening.  I never complain about changes but this one is really an OUCH

Mar 14, 2015 11:15 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Suzanne, it shows from the posts you are not alone.  I was not happy myself.  I agree with Bob Crane that there is an agenda we are not aware of and only time will tell exactly what it is. I was already stretching to justify my time in AR and with the last change looked more closely at my ROI here.  It is in the people within, certainly not leads from posts.  So I cancelled my Rainmaker status to be members only.   Best in the rest of your week. Mark

Mar 17, 2015 07:40 PM